Time to Decentralise Larger than Local decisions Greg Clark #NPPF

Any local authority can decide to take part in a joint committee with another local authority.

However if they wish to take part in joint plan making then a parliamentary order is needed under Part 2 (local development) of the 2004 Act, and this can take many months to agree.

Why is this necessary?

Should there not be an automatic right in law for local authorities to exercise the functions of a local planning authority if they wish without the need for ministerial approval?

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